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Kiwi Documentaries at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

When temperatures drop in the winter months, it can be hard to leave home until chocolate supplies run seriously low. Winter is also NZ International Film Festival time, at a host of venues across Aotearoa. In 2017 Kiwi filmmakers have contributed an impressive run of documentaries, as evidenced ...


Classic RWP Rock Star Interviews

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 8 Items

This Spotlight collection features classic interviews with international music stars visiting NZ. The clips are all from legendary Sunday night music show Radio with Pictures. See The Clash in 1982 with Dylan Taite, David Bowie (twice), plus Lou Reed, Billy Bragg, the Pogues, Joni Mitchell, and M...


School of Rock

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

Young Kiwi singer Lorde is all over the news these days as her international career continues to soar. But Lorde is not the only NZ musician to have started in the music business at a very early age. This Spotlight collection features school days footage of Lorde and Kimbra, as well as the Hume B...

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Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

Sculpture is arguably more present in people’s day-to-day lives than many other art forms. It is frequently found in public places, transforming our surroundings and enriching the community, and — at times — polarising the public, challenging society and creating controversy. This spotlight celeb...

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Kiwi Documentaries at the 2015 Film Festival

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 6 Items

The Kiwi titles in 2015’s NZ International Film Festival leaned heavily towards documentary. This Spotlight collection features the trailers for six highlights, including a “powerfully affecting” (NZ Herald) portrait of Tame Iti (The Price of Peace), a tragic case of exorcism (Belief), a history ...


NZ Screen Vampires

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 9 Items

Kiwi screen vampires garnered international attention in 2014, with mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows. From Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and a roster of Kiwi comedic talent, the film documents the travails of a flat of vampires in modern day Wellington. We shine the Spotlight into the shad...

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Top 10 NZ Feature Films

Curated by NZ On Screen team

Arm yourself with jaffas and get set for debate: NZ On Screen has gone out on a limb and selected an all-time NZ feature film Top 10. Starring the icons of the Kiwi big screen — Blondini, Ada, Beth, Boy. Whet your appetite for our finest features via choice 10-minute excerpts of the movies. Cook the man some eggs, we're taking this Top 10 to Invercargill!

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The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

From modest beginnings at informal sessions at Wellington institution Deluxe Cafe (beside Embassy Theatre on Kent Terrace), the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra has ridden the crest of the diminutive instrument's revival. Live favourites around the country, they have recorded a string of EPs featuring massed ukulele renditions of 80s favourites along with the occasional dash of Kiwiana and more contemporary numbers. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie was a founder member of the accomplished strummers.

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Lisa Harrow: A home-grown international actress...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Lisa Harrow left New Zealand in the 1960s to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England – it was this move that cemented her love of theatre and later enabled her to build an international screen career. She has visited New Zealand periodically and starred in locally-shot movies Other Halves and Shaker Run. Nowadays Harrow lives in the US and is involved in environmental campaigning. Her most recent Kiwi project was a role as the grandmother in TV2’s Step Dave.

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Pietra Brettkelly: Making thoughtful international documentaries...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Pietra Brettkelly is an award-winning New Zealand filmmaker who travels the world to make her documentaries. The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, her Sundance-selected film about international adoption, won best director and documentary at the 2009 Qantas Film and TV Awards. Māori Boy Genius was invited to the Berlin, Sydney and NZ Film Festivals.